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Grants

The NSW RFS administers funds for works and projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fires.

Funding is allocated in accordance with BFCC Policy 1/2011 – Allocation Principles for Funding of Bush Fire Mitigation Works.

There are a number of different streams from which grant funding can be allocated. This includes both the NSW RFS programs as well as State and Commonwealth initiatives.

The following grants are directly administered by the NSW RFS:

The Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Government. Funding is available through the Bush Fire Grants Scheme.

More information on NDRP can be found on the Resilience NSW website.

Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Grant Program

This funding program assists public land managers / owners to undertake bush fire mitigation works, to provide access for fire fighting, and deliver projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fire. The funding is available to supplement resources of public land managers / owners and enable additional works to be implemented.

Local Councils, State Government Agencies and Forestry Corporation of NSW are all eligible to apply for grants under this program. Applications must be made via the NSW RFS Grant Funding Portal.

Brigade Mitigation Support Program

This funding program supports NSW RFS volunteer rural fire brigades in carrying out hazard reduction activities across the State. Applications for funding through this program are prepared by the NSW RFS District Office, and are submitted by a NSW RFS Manager (or above) via the NSW RFS Grant Funding Portal.

The Application Guide provides an overview of the Brigade Mitigation Support Program along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications.

Key dates

Applications for funding under Round 1 of the 2021/22 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Program and Brigade Mitigation Support Program will close on the 4 June 2021.

Submitted applications will be forwarded to the relevant Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) for review, comment and prioritisation. A list of applications will be sent to BFMC Executive Officers by 14 June 2021. The outcome of the BFMC review is due to be returned by 9 July 2021. Funding proposals received through Round 1 will be assessed and determined once a response from the BFMC has been received.

Round 2 of the 2021/22 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Program and Brigade Mitigation Support Program is planned for November/December 2021 with the closing date to be announced.

Remember that funding applications for urgent hazard reduction burning can be submitted by NSW RFS and public land managers / owners at any time. For these types of applications, please contact Operational Business to request a priority assessment (see contact details below).

Contact

For more information on applying for grants funding please see the Application Guide. You can contact NSW RFS Operational Business via email bushfiregrantprogrammes@rfs.nsw.gov.au or phone on 02 8741 5493.